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FLEA IN HER EAR AT AU THEATRE INAUGURATES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
AUBURN - The French farce, The Flea In Her Ear, opens at Auburn
University Theatre at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Additional performances
are at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8-10 and 14-17 and a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance
on Nov. 12.
The Thursday, Nov. 9, performance marks the kickoff of the Auburn University
Theatre Patron Scholarship Benefit Performance Program, which directs
the proceeds from ticket sales for a particular performance in the run
of every AU Theatre production to a fund dedicated exclusively to scholarships
for theatre students.
First produced in Paris in 1907, The Flea In Her Ear still
remains a favorite play in the repertory of the renowned Comedie Francaise.
Flea had its American premiere in 1909 New York.
The play has enjoyed many adaptations over the years and Auburn University
Theatre Department is fortunate to be doing a new translation by Eric
Forsythe, a professor in the department Theatre Arts at the University
of Iowa. Dr. Forsythe will be in residence during the run of the production
and will participate in an opening night post-performance discussion with
director Christopher Qualls and members of the cast immediately following
the Nov. 7th performance.
Professor Qualls calls The Flea in Her Ear simply the
funniest play Ive ever had the privilege of working on. I had the
opportunity to perform in the play during the world premiere of this amazing
new translation by Dr. Eric Forsythe. We had audience members coming back
to see the show three and four times. The laughter is a workout. Ive
lost five pounds during the rehearsal process for this production of the
play, and I think its all from laughing so much.
In Flea, Victor Emmanuel Chandebise, a well-to-do businessman
and faithful husband, is suspected by his wife of infidelity. That one
doubt planted in his loving wifes mind (the itching flea) quickly
involves dozens of characters in a chaotic medley of slamming doors, revolving
beds, mistaken identities and hilarious happenings that have kept audiences
laughing for nearly 100 years.
For tickets or for more information, please call 334-844-4154.
Admission for all performances is free for AU students with a valid I.D.,
and the Nov. 8 performance is free to all AU faculty and staff with valid
AU I.D. General admission is $20. Admission for AU faculty and staff and
senior citizens is $15.
Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research
institution with more than 23,500 students and 6,500 faculty and staff.
Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn offers
more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.
(Contributed by Linda Bell.)